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Eight ways to make the flight part of the vacation

1. The Shoes Patagonia's Pau loafers are dress-code-ready and slipper-comfortable, and will help you race through security. $110; patagonia.com

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2. The Read Put down that in-flight catalog. Amazon's 10.3-ounce Kindle lets you wirelessly download newspapers, mags, blogs, and one of 110,000 books. $400; amazon.com

3. The Shades The photochromic lenses in Smith's Capital sunglasses darken for window-seat glare, while the frame's super-bendy material makes for worry-free stowing. $180; smithoptics.com

4. The Bag Ellington's durable, carry-on-friendly Clark Briefcase has pockets for your laptop and electronics, and a style that works from first-class to bush plane. $400; ellingtonleather.com

5. The Laptop With a 13.3-inch screen, five-hour battery, and three-pound, three-fourths-inch-slim body, Apple's 1.6-GHz MacBook Air is the most travel-friendly laptop yet. $1,800; apple.com

6. The Entertainment Cowon's 8GB D2 media player fits in a shirt pocket, but its brilliant 2.5-inch color touchscreen makes videos and pictures seem larger. $200; cowonamerica.com

7. The Wallet Big enough for boarding passes and oversize currency, Mulholland's leather Passport Case with Ticket Pouch is your key to preflight organization. $110; mulhollandbrothers.com

8. The Charger Tumi's Electronics Mobile Power Pack can recharge your phone, iPod, and camera midflight and still have juice to spare. $135; tumi.com

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